Everything Wrong with the Rolling Stones Top 100 Albums (50-41)

Everything Wrong with the Rolling Stones Top 100 Albums (50-41)

We've reached halfway. The question that presents itself in the next fifty albums follows this general trend: does the album's historical significance necessitate its position high on this list of greatest albums. With Here's Little Richard this question must be confronted. The thing is, Here's Little Richard presented rock n' roll to the United States in a barnstorming fashion. Little Richard's debut album contained his chart-topping hits like "Long Tall Sally" and "Jenny, Jenny." Listen, these are not songs I would ever listen to again. Not many people would. 

But they're important. Right? So, what do we do? Well, I'll start by pointing out that Here's Little Richard holds up far more than Elvis' Elvis Presley – the debut album from the king. So, let's give Li'l Rich some credit for jiving his way into the hearts of millions of Americans. Throughout rock n' roll, soul, and funk, there persists a trend of iconic musicians who have defined their era. Little Richard is one of the firsts – also, you can't fault the man's style, that mustache hasn't aged a day. 

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Premier League Predictions: Super Sunday

Premier League Predictions: Super Sunday

Wolves 1-2 Liverpool

In the second most significant match of super Sunday, Liverpool must be on their game if they hope to keep their chances of winning their first Premier League title alive. Liverpool has had a truly incredible season that deserves at least one trophy. That may come in the form of the Champions League or the Premier League or they may leave for the summer empty-handed. The final possibility is improbable given the unrelenting quality of this unique squad that has spurred them to countless last-minute goals and inspiring comebacks. Liverpool will be boosted by the return of Salah to the lineup who will make up for any tired legs following the Reds remarkable comeback against Barcelona from last Tuesday. 

The Portuguese National team, sorry, Wolverhampton Wanderers, pose a tough final match. Wolves have an impressive record against the top 6, securing at least a draw or a win against every single side they have faced in the Premier League besides Liverpool – the club they knocked out of the FA Cup. Neves, Jota, Jimenez, Dendoncker, and Moutinho are all players of extremely high quality and fitness who will relish one final opportunity to stick it to the top six. Wolves have produced a remarkable campaign for their first season back in the Premier League and will be finishing this weekend as competitors in next year’s Europa League having officially secured 7th place. 

Once again, Liverpool’s quality will overcome their opponents. Don’t be surprised, however, when Wolves spring a surprising counter-attack through Neves and Jota that results in a goal. Even if they do find the net, Liverpool will score more. Nothing will stop this Liverpool side from finishing the season with a win and, quite possibly, a Premier League trophy.

Manchester City 3-0 Brighton

When Vincent Kompany scored a pile driver of a goal against Leicester last weekend, rumor has it that Manchester City fans could hear shouts of exasperation ringing out all the way from Liverpool. It will take a momentous effort to stop Pep’s robots from savagely hoisting their second straight Premier League trophy this weekend. Unfortunately, Brighton is the team standing in their way. 

Having recently secured safety in the League, Brighton has little more to play for than their pride which, if you weren’t aware, doesn’t run very high in the land of Brighton.

But, hey, nothing is impossible! Maybe Chris Hughton’s men can pull off the most stunning result of the season and scramble a draw from the City machine. Right? 

No. No, they cannot. 

Congratulations, Manchester City. Ladies and Gentlemen, I now present your 2018-2019 Premier League Champions. Ugh. 

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Tottenham Stun Ajax with Phenomenal Comeback, Punch Their Ticket to the Club's First European Cup

Tottenham Stun Ajax with Phenomenal Comeback, Punch Their Ticket to the Club's First European Cup

When Lucas Moura scored the winning goal in the 95th minute of an exhausting, torturous, backward, upside down match, the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam stood still in paralyzing shock. Apart from the Tottenham trainers, substitutes, coaches, and reserves streaming onto the field to celebrate, the stadium resembled a massacre of significant proportions. Ajax players threw themselves onto the ground with their faces covered and shots of grown men in tears emerged from among the extensive Ajax support. Inexplicably, Spurs had produced one of those rare sports moments in which every fan is reminded of the glory and brutality of these arbitrary competitions that still manage to control our souls like sadistic puppeteers. 

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What The Hell Just Happened?

What The Hell Just Happened?

Liverpool just completed one of the greatest comebacks in the history of the Champions League. After their humiliating 3-0 defeat to Barcelona at the Camp Nou last Wednesday, nobody – not a single person – gave them a chance in the second leg. Not only were they down on goal difference, Liverpool recently lost their leading goal scorer Mohammed Salah following a head injury against Newcastle over the weekend and would remain without the creative engine within their attack, Roberto Firmino. Liverpool should not have won this game. But they did.

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Hillsborough Across Form: An Essay on The Alternative Tactics of Historical Reference

Hillsborough Across Form: An Essay on The Alternative Tactics of Historical Reference

Hillsborough Across Form is an essay I recently wrote for a history class at my university. The task was to research the different forms of history that recount an iconic event. Seeing an opportunity, I decided to choose Hillsborough as, along with being a fascinating and tragic event, it would provide an opportunity to take a detailed look at one of football’s defining moments.

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Everything Wrong with the Rolling Stone Top 100 Albums List (60-51)

Everything Wrong with the Rolling Stone Top 100 Albums List (60-51)

Rolling Stone Magazine is an insane publication. Not only do they repeatedly place compilations in their picks for the greatest albums of all time, but when they get around to choosing records, they waste them on bands like The Beatles. Yes. I said it. This edition of Everything Wrong with the Rolling Stone Top 100 Albums List details what they got right and what they got wrong about their picks from places 60 to 51. Is Jimi Hendrix really that good? Is Al Green the greatest soul singer of his generation? Is Stevie Wonder better than Ray Charles? Find out the answers to those questions and more in the article below.

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The Bizarre, Incredible, and Unsuccessful Kidnapping of Alfredo Di Stefano

The Bizarre, Incredible, and Unsuccessful Kidnapping of Alfredo Di Stefano

Sports and politics are inseparable. Throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, tracks, fields, and courts have hosted numerous protests, rebellions, and tragedies. Whether pursuing social change or political revolution, athletes and politicians consistently use glorified recreation as the rallying cry for their ideas and beliefs. One must briefly flick through a season of 30 for 30 to appreciate that more sporting controversies and scandals are rooted beyond the pillars of administrative buildings, deep in the halls of judicial and legislative systems. The defining moments of this intense relationship include horrifying tragedies like the Israeli hostage massacre at the 1972 Munich Olympics and groundbreaking moments of social progress such as Jackie Robinson’s debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Buried deep in the intersection of politics and sports, however, lies a select group of events that transcend the momentousness of such instances - events like the kidnapping of Alfredo di Stefano on the night of August 24th, 1963.

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Luka Jovic Is Football's Next Great Center Forward

Luka Jovic Is Football's Next Great Center Forward

Luka Jovic is the next great center forward. Though Mbappe and Rashford will steal headlines as the future flair players that will bomb down the wings for club and country, neither prospect has a foreseeable future as a reliable number 9. Yes, they are remarkable talents, but their specialties do not fit the center forward position that demands pure finishing ability, a physical presence, and intelligent positioning. Leave flair and panache to the wing players, Luka Jovic will put the ball into the back of the net. Jovic ticks all the boxes of a complete forward. He is intelligent, quick, and clinical. These attributes have seen him draw attention from Manchester City, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, and Barcelona who have been linked with $100 million bids for the Serbian.

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MLS Announces Expansion to 30 Teams, Sinks Further into Delusion

MLS Announces Expansion to 30 Teams, Sinks Further into Delusion

Last Friday, Don Garber’s Major League Soccer announced that three teams will have the opportunity to join America’s fastest growing “sport of the future” since 1978. Three cities will be chosen as the 28th, 29th, and 30th members of a league that already has nearly a third more teams than all of its comparable leagues from around the world. Garber announced the franchise fee for purchasing a new MLS club at the measly price of $200 million (unless of course, your name is David Beckham and in 2014 you exercised a provision of your MLS contract that allows you to get a $40 million discount on an expansion team – yes that actually happened).

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Everything Wrong with the Rolling Stone Top 100 Albums List (90-81)

Everything Wrong with the Rolling Stone Top 100 Albums List (90-81)

In more than 50 years of Rolling Stone, the magazine has raised its hand as the first authority in rock music. This authority, that was granted by… no one, really… has led to scathing reviews of such albums as Led Zeppelin’s ‘Led Zeppelin,’ The Rolling Stones’ ‘Exile on Main Street,’ Bob Dylan’s ‘Blood on the Tracks,’ and Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind.’ 

These horrible takes, the needless feuds between owner Jann Wenner and the bands he wishes he was a part of, and the magazine’s struggle to stay in the current of pop culture, has granted Rolling Stone an awkwardly tenuous relationship with its readers. Regardless of this division, the magazine remains determined to proclaim the greatest 500 songs, artists, and albums. Did they contribute to these artistic endeavors? No. Must they rank them as though God tasked them to do so as a divine mission? Yes. 

The following series of articles will dissect Rolling Stone Magazine’s “Top 100 Albums” rankings. I could have broken down the “Top 500,” but I think I’d be too depressed to continue after seeing Nas’ ‘Illmatic’ – an album that is widely regarded as the greatest hip-hop album of all time – in position 402. Adding insult to insanity, Nas’ ‘Illmatic’ at least made it further than the disgraceful selections of Wilco’s ‘Yankee Hotel Foxtrot’ in 493rd place and Funkadelic’s ‘Maggot Brain’ in 479th. 

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The MLS is Finally Becoming A Selling League, An Evolution Critical to Its Future Success

The MLS is Finally Becoming A Selling League, An Evolution Critical to Its Future Success

By the end of the January transfer window, Major League Soccer had sold $45 Million worth of players to foreign leagues. While that same amount in Europe may only be good for a Bundesliga striker, the $45 million profit is a seismic shift for a league that has been in existence for barely 25 years. At last, Major League Soccer seems to be embracing the model of a “selling league.” Becoming a “selling league” represents a significant step forward for a league that has too frequently been concerned with recruiting cover athletes from FIFA 10 and placing them in LA Galaxy jerseys.

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Everything Wrong with the Rolling Stone Top 100 Albums List (100-91)

Everything Wrong with the Rolling Stone Top 100 Albums List (100-91)

In more than 50 years of Rolling Stone, the magazine has raised its hand as the first authority in rock music. This authority, that was granted by… no one, really… has led to scathing reviews of such albums as Led Zeppelin’s ‘Led Zeppelin,’ The Rolling Stones’ ‘Exile on Main Street,’ Bob Dylan’s ‘Blood on the Tracks,’ and Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind.’ 

These horrible takes, the needless feuds between owner Jann Wenner and the bands he wishes he was a part of, and the magazine’s struggle to stay in the current of pop culture, has granted Rolling Stone an awkwardly tenuous relationship with its readers. Regardless of this division, the magazine remains determined to proclaim the greatest 500 songs, artists, and albums. Did they contribute to these artistic endeavors? No. Must they rank them as though God tasked them to do so as a divine mission? Yes. 

The following series of articles will dissect Rolling Stone Magazine’s “Top 100 Albums” rankings. I could have broken down the “Top 500,” but I think I’d be too depressed to continue after seeing Nas’ ‘Illmatic’ – an album that is widely regarded as the greatest hip-hop album of all time – in position 402. Adding insult to insanity, Nas’ ‘Illmatic’ at least made it further than the disgraceful selections of Wilco’s ‘Yankee Hotel Foxtrot’ in 493rd place and Funkadelic’s ‘Maggot Brain’ in 479th. 

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Premier League Predictions - Matchweek 34

Premier League Predictions - Matchweek 34

By far the biggest match of the weekend, Liverpool host Chelsea at Anfield in what is set to be their biggest remaining test in the Premier League season. In recent years, Chelsea’s bus pulling into Anfield has been the most dreaded sight for Liverpool supporters. Chelsea’s most famous victory against the Reds came seasons ago when Demba Ba stole the ball off of a slipping Steven Gerrard to score in front of the Kop and sink the knife deep into the heart of Liverpool’s title charge. Earlier this season, Chelsea beat Liverpool 2-1, coming from behind thanks to Emerson Palmieri’s first Chelsea goal and Eden Hazard’s stunning solo run, perhaps his best of the season. 

This Sunday, however, Liverpool know what is at stake and will make sure they do not let Chelsea ruin their title hopes for a second time. Liverpool will be taking the pitch minutes after the Manchester City vs. Crystal Palace match at Selhurst Park. So, fate will play a massive role in the fixture as Liverpool will either be fighting to take back the top spot or to boost their lead to beyond the reach of Guardiola’s City. 

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Eden Hazard is the Premier League’s Most Valuable Player

Eden Hazard is the Premier League’s Most Valuable Player

Eden Hazard is the best player in the Premier League. On his day, the 28-year-old Belgian reaches a level of football that places him firmly within reach of Messi and Ronaldo and directly beside Neymar. Last night, Eden Hazard proved this fact yet again with one of the most stunning individual goals witnessed in the history of the Premier League. Though this goal may not even feature in the top five goals of his Chelsea career, the finish was a statement by Hazard. His second goal that secured all of the points for Chelsea and raised his goal tally to 16 served as a perfect finale to his jaw-dropping performance.

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How to Fix Youth Development in Major League Soccer

How to Fix Youth Development in Major League Soccer

In the past decade, Major League Soccer has sunk plenty of cash into various attempts to increase youth development. In that same period, however, American starlets have begun to populate the landscape of International Football. Christian Pulisic at Dortmund and now Chelsea, Weston Mckennie at Schalke, and Josh Sargent at Werder Bremen highlight a few of the budding American players that will lead the next generation of the national team. Now, contrast their reasons for traveling abroad to expand their development with the MLS’s pitch for them to spend their younger years in their home country. Overseas, such players can play a high level of football in a league that offers wealthy contracts, greater recognition, and established means of producing talent. In the MLS, these same players have their contracts restricted by a salary cap, receive equal if not fewer minutes due to the demanding travel and compact schedule, and are separated from the clubs of their dreams by an entire ocean. What promising talent would evaluate both options and choose to stay at home? That’s right, no one. 

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